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Yahoo! have recently banned working from home, fair enough they are in bit of a pickle having fallen behind the competition and drastic action is probably required. But, is forcing everyone back into the office part of the solution? OK, workers will be present, engaging with one another but they may also be interrupting and distracting fellow workers from their tasks. (more…)

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Why prototype?

Prototypes can be used to explore how a users navigate through a site or reach goals using a feature. They provide a great way of testing usability before development starts.

  • Help to gather user (or business) requirements
  • Enable you to think through different scenarios and possibilities
  • You can try out different solutions
  • Aid communication with users, developers and business owners
  • They can reduce the risk of needing to rework and redeploy a completed element.

A good prototype will use a sample set of data and simulate as closely as possible how the finished feature will work. (more…)

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I am at a web development company that splits up the work flow thus: Illustrators, Designers, Front End coders, Developers, Producers, Beggar man and Thief. I am contracting as a Front End coder. I spend my days coding XHTML, CSS and a little JavaScript. I miss being involved with the design aspect of developing a web site but have little to complain about as the position was clearly advertised for what it was when I applied. (more…)

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I was in The Museum of Modern Art New York looking at a design exhibition when I came across a couple of posters that slapped me in the face, yanking me out of my torpid day dream. They were by a designer called Stefan Sagmeister. The first, called Fresh Dialogue was designed to advertise a debate taking place as part of an AIGA lecture series in1996. Sagmeister bought two tongues from a local market which he then photographed and set against a white background with the information hand written in black text. The wet red fleshy tongues both revolt and intrigue drawing you in to see what the poster is all about, challenging the view to look and investigate further. The second poster was produced to advertise another AIGA lecture Sagmeister was giving. The text is scratched in bloody cuts into a his torose. Blood beads up on the cross bar of a T and it is hard not to think of the pain that he must have endured and wonder if he was left physically scared. It is a committed piece, violent and a little scary made all the more powerful by the brutality of it’s execution. (more…)

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For churning through many different ideas quickly use a pencil and paper. It is a quick and direct route to getting ideas out of your mind and into the world where they can be scrutinised. (more…)

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